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Old 05-17-2006, 12:05 PM   #1
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how much current is too much? i have an emperor 400 and a ug running on 2 power heads. plants in the middle of the front of my tank sway quite a lot. my tetras don't seem to mind it, but i've noticed the angels hanging out in spots where the current doesn't seem to be as strong, like in the top back corner behind the powerheads. if this is where an angel would normally chill, cool. but if it's because of my tank setup, i would, of course, like to change it to make life better for them.... any thoughts?
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Angels are not big fans of strong currents. They do enjoy a light current but not as strong as you are saying with 2 powerheads and an emperor 400. If you slow down the power heads quite a bit, it should be enough to make them happier.

I once had the same problem. Fish were Garfield Facing the front of the tank telling me to turn down the current.
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Old 05-17-2006, 03:55 PM   #3
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i have aqua-tech 170gph powerheads that i'm sure are quite a few years old. i'm failing to see a way to "slow them down". am i missing something obvious, or do i just have outdated powerheads? also, when using two (one in each top back corner of the tank) which direction should they be facing? should they create a circular current, or be facing each other? thanx!
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A really good way to slow down the current is to place a piece of screen in the intake of the power head. Kinda like putting an airator on a faucet, before the water screams out of the tap but after the airator it is more than tolerable. Try that it should help. Also some power heads have some kind of a flow regulator on them either on the top or bottom depends on the company
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